That first deep sleep after coming home from the shelter. The hesitation, the waiting for permission to jump on the couch. To go in a room. To eat the food or treats. The ears back, tail between the legs, "are you really sure I can do this thing, this basic-needs thing" that they damn sure … Continue reading Rescue
I am blessed to live by the ocean, in the great Puget Sound. Everyday I get to see the changing shore, the constantly wavering shape of the tide and beach, the wondrous variety of horizon, of clouds and sky and water line, the colors, oh the millions of colors, the light and dark, the warm … Continue reading “The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”
The lowest point in our marriage was...
I love you because you listen to all the abstract and chaos in my head and still look at me as though there is only beauty. I love you because when you hug me I instantly go from anxiety to peace. I love you because you fought for me. I love you for each and … Continue reading My Husband
Happy 11th anniversary my chulo. What a great day that was. Our people came together; it was strange and miraculous to look around and see our loved one's faces, from all the different parts of our life, in one room, supporting us. We were both walked down the isle by our parents (that was sooo … Continue reading Our Wedding Day
I always thought marriage was just a piece of paper I/we didn't need, because really, how much difference could it make if we were already committed to each other? But on that day eleven years ago tomorrow, we stood (and knelt) at that alter and promised each other and our family and friends and God … Continue reading Tying the Knot
When you're a mom there's no "off the clock." You stay up with the fever and the asthma attack and fighting monsters and you still go to work in the morning. You buy lots of little clothes while you sew your own buttons back on. You make sure they're fed before rushing to the bus … Continue reading When you’re a mom
We celebrate three anniversaries; when we met, when we became "us" (today), and when we stood (and knelt) in front of all our family and friends and promised to love each other everyday for the rest of forever. It was 15 years ago today that we, best friends for the last year, went to Seattle … Continue reading Finally
I had this whole list of exactly what I wanted, and the universe was like "Nah, I got something better."
I read 138 books in 2015!! (I usually read 50-90 and I've always wanted to hit 100.) I'm so stinkin proud of myself. I had the pleasure of living 138 lives last year. I fell through the mystical rocks at Craigh na Dun and landed in 1742 Scotland during the Highlander uprising. I laughed and … Continue reading A Reader Lives a Thousand Lives
The most astonishing man I've ever met was born this day a handful of years ago. Every day I am thankful our paths crossed, that it is you I've chosen as my family, that you fell in love with me and my little girl, that you have been with us each day since, and we've … Continue reading Happy Birthday Honey
You are 18. This is the day I have been outwardly joking about with anticipation and secretly dreading with every fiber of my being since the moment I found out I was pregnant with you. As I fumbled through this thing called parenthood, you, YOU, became this amazing creature all on your own; you are … Continue reading You are 18
In honor of our tenth wedding anniversary, here are ten things I love about you my chulo: 1. The way you always thank me, for everything. 2. How you adore our girls. 3. Your patience - unparalleled. 4. Your mad gardening skills. 5. Your sense of humor, which is outstanding and unfortunately most people don't … Continue reading 10th Anniversary
Twelve years ago I asked the greatest man I'd ever met to marry me. Well, I took him several hours up into the mountains and hiked out near a waterfall to camp (he lovingly calls it The End of The Earth) and pretty much cornered him. He saw me on the ground, holding a white … Continue reading Proposal
I love living in the Puget Sound! Watching the sea's continuous change from low tide to high, from smooth as glass to choppy to angry snarly waves. The calmness due to hundreds of islands protecting us from the ocean's full force. The relationship it has with the glorious sky constantly changing from light to dark, … Continue reading Puget Sound